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A deep energy retrofit aims to achieve a 50 per cent or greater reduction in building energy usage and can reduce carbon emissions 30 per cent or more.
New York City has identified nine city facilities (buildings) that will undergo deep energy retrofits to help reduce energy use and emissions. The city also intends to earmark another 28 buildings for future retrofits.
Deep energy retrofits take a comprehensive, whole-facility approach to make buildings more energy efficient. A deep energy retrofit aims to achieve a 50 per cent or greater reduction in building energy usage and can reduce carbon emissions 30 per cent or more.
The retrofits can involve improving building insulation, adopting designs that result in more increased natural daylight and better ventilation, upgrading electric fixtures, and automating control of heating and cooling systems.
The nine projects are scheduled for completion by 2025.
“Addressing the climate crisis requires bold and urgent action, and that is why the city of New York is taking aggressive steps to reduce carbon emissions,” said Lisette Camilo, commissioner of the NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services.
“City government will reduce its carbon emissions 80 per cent by 2050, and one of the ways we will get there is by dramatically lowering emissions from city facilities.”
NYC’s deep energy retrofits will be guided by audits of city facilities to pinpoint areas of heating, cooling, lighting, and power usage that could be made more efficient.
“Deep energy retrofits are the next frontier in the fight against climate change”
The Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS), which will perform the audits, will then partner with city agencies to plan and implement the energy conservation measures.
The first nine facilities where retrofitting will occur are:
“Deep energy retrofits are the next frontier in the fight against climate change,” added Mark Chambers, director of the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability.
“We’re crossing the threshold with these aggressive measures that will slash emissions and save tax-payers money.”
This work will also help achieve the city’s broader goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050 and aligning with the highest goals of the Paris Climate Agreement.
Improving building efficiency is key to achieving these goals, as nearly 70 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions in New York City can be attributed to the energy used to power, heat, and cool buildings.
In addition to the nine facilities that will soon begin retrofitting work, DCAS will conduct audits of other city buildings, including public schools, court houses, office buildings, police precincts, and NYC health and hospital facilities to identify the most impactful targets for future deep energy retrofitting.
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